Get ready for a soggy Friday thanks to Andrea, the first named storm of
the hurricane season that started last Saturday.
The storm is expected to run up the Eastern Seaboard and dump more than 4 inches of rain here before precipitation ends Saturday.
A flash flood watch will be in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening. Other watches and warnings could be posted in the next 24 hours.
The latest local forecast, updated around 2 p.m., is calling for 1- to 2-inches tonight before Andrea is even in the neighborhood. The reason: The circulation around Andrea is pushing tropical moisture-laden air north into the Mid-Atlantic.
National Weather Service forecasters said the center of the tropical storm will reach the coast of the eastern part of the Florida panhandle later Thursday, then skip up the East Coast. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the lower Chesapeake Bay.
The latest maps indicate Andrea's remnants will be centered off the Delaware-New Jersey shores around 1 a.m. Saturday.
The storm is likely to weaken to a post-tropical disturbance in the next 36 hours, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday afternoon. Tropical storm force winds, if any make it this far north, will stay well east and south of our area, forecasters said.
Widespread heavy rain is not expected here, but thunderstorms could generate locally heavy precipitation. The bulk of the rain will come Thursday night and Friday, with up to 2 inches falling in each period.
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